Alex Hooper | 92.3 The Fan
Beat Reporter for Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM)
Alex Hooper is a beat reporter for 92.3 the Fan, covering the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers and more. Alex also serves as an anchor for the station. He was formerly a sports writer for the News-Herald in Willoughby, OH, and General Manager at WBWC in Berea, Ohio.
The Indians emerged from their early-season set against the predicted AL West champions with a 2-1 series win, with much thanks going to the performance of their lesser-hyped players in the rubber match.
The Indians’ two best bullpen arms worked extra time in Wednesday’s win over the Astros, as Andrew Miller labored in his second consecutive night of work, while Cody Allen went 4 1/3 innings after five nights off.
McCullers began the day throwing his knuckle-curve 55.2% of the time, and rightfully so, as the pitch sits in the mid-to-high 80s with a sharp downward break.
The platoon situations in the outfield have developed ahead of maybe what they were thought to be headed into the season.
“He came as advertised,” manager Terry Francona said post game, putting things about as accurately as possible.
The fact of the matter is, regardless of your stance on analytics, if you make mistakes, the Astros will make you pay. Josh Tomlin is prone to mistakes.
Danny Salazar again had a rough first inning, allowing three of his four earned runs in the first frame. Salazar allowed two of the four hits in the bottom of the first on balls left up in the zone, also walking two in the first.
Corey Kluber entered Friday night with the fifth-lowest ground ball percentage in baseball, partially explaining his 6.38 ERA and -0.1 WAR through three starts.
Whether or not you want to believe it, there is a switch to flip.
Because of Trevor Bauer’s demonstrative nature on the field and off, many question the mental fortitude of the young right-hander.